Earlier this week the Rt Rev Graham Usher, Bishop of Norwich, joined the Archbishop of Canterbury at a private audience with the Pope at the Vatican in Rome. There is a tradition of exchanging gifts on these occasions.
Archbishop Justin Welby presented the Pope with a certificate of a charitable donation made to Bees Abroad, alongside a jar of Bishop Graham’s own honey from his Norwich garden and a bee-design facemask. The facemask was made by St Agnes Church, Cawston Churchwarden Lyn Fairchild.
Bishop Graham said: “It was a privilege to join the Archbishop in an audience with the Pope and I was pleased to offer one of Lyn’s wonderful facemasks as an example of Christian service during the pandemic.”
Bishop Graham and Archbishop Justin were in Rome to attend the Faith and Science: Towards COP26 gathering of faith leaders representing the world’s major religions and scientists at the Vatican to call on the international community to raise their ambition and step up their climate action ahead of COP26.
Almost 40 faith leaders signed a joint Appeal, which was presented by Pope Francis to COP26 President-Designate, the Rt Hon Alok Sharma, and the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Luigi Di Maio.
Pictured above is Bishop Graham meeting Pope Francis. Picture © Vatican Media.